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  1. Gold Medal Wine
  2. California Wine Club
  3. Int'l Wine Club
  4. Amazing Clubs
  5. Wine
  6. Plonk Wine Club
  7. Laithwaites
  8. Winecrasher
  9. Clubs of America
  10. Uncorked Ventures
  11. Virgin Wine Club
  12. WSJ Wine Club

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Best Wine Clubs

Whether you're shopping for yourself or a friend, wine club memberships provide numerous benefits for a number of reasons. They offer the opportunity to try a variety of wines from across the globe, try wines not available in most stores, and learn about wineries and specific wine nuances.

Some of the information that you typically receive with your wine deliveries includes the origin, ingredients and history of each winery - a sure point to impress your friends. Another reason to enjoy a wine club is the element of surprise. Although you can dictate the color, style or region you prefer, the actual wine and winery make or model will always be a pleasant revelation.

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2018

Wine Club Reviews

5 stars
Cellars Wine Club

CELLARS WINE CLUBTopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Cellars Wine Club provides outstanding new and hard to find wines throughout the world. This is a very flexible wine club membership with choices that can meet all of your needs. You can choose to send from as little as 1 bottle or up to a case of wine with each delivery, as well as white wines, red wines, or a mix to meet your gift recipient's tastes and likes. If you're looking for delicious, highly-rated wines, Cellars Wine Club is our top choice. Read More... Visit
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5 stars
Gold Medal Wine Club

GOLD MEDAL WINE CLUB

Gold Medal Wine Club has been in the wine business since 1992. Gold Medal provides member's access to five different exciting wine clubs with selections chosen from top medal winners and experts. With your membership at Gold Medal you'll enjoy great quality and well recognized selections.
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4.5 stars
The California Wine Club

THE CALIFORNIA WINE CLUB

The California Wine Club offers a variety of clubs that provide outstanding new and hard to find wines from California and all over the world. You can enjoy the option of choosing 2 reds, 2 whites, or a mix to meet your gift recipient's tastes and likes. This club provides wonderful wine, at a fair price, along with quality information to help educate all wine enthusiasts.
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4.5 stars
International Wine Club

INTERNATIONAL WINE CLUB

The International Wine of the Month Club delivers estate bottled, limited production wine and each shipment will include 2 specially selected wines either 2 reds, 2 whites, or 1 of each from distinct boutique wineries in the best producing regions worldwide. You are able to choose from customizable club options and receive your wine at highly competitive prices. Those benefits, along with their experience and international reputation earn them a spot near the top of our rankings. Read More... Visit
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4 stars
Amazing Clubs

AMAZING CLUBS

Amazing Clubs is a leader in a variety of food and beverage membership clubs. Shoppers will find flexible options with their two bottle wine club memberships as well as affordable pricing. This company has a history of standing behind their products. Read More... Visit
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4 stars
Wine

WINE

Wine delivers gifts quickly. With four different wine clubs to choose from, they should have an option that fits most people's needs. Wine also offers convenient and affordable gift giving options.
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3.5 stars
Plonk Wine Club

PLONK WINE CLUB

Plonk Wine Club is a fairly standard 3, 6, 12 month online wine club that focuses on bringing expertly curated, small batch, and sustainably grown boutique wines to consumers at a lower cost. Plonk promises rare and unique wines that deliver great value and drink like far more expensive bottles. At Plonk Wine Club the focus is on eclectic wines made from lesser-known grapes from diverse regions around the world. Read More... Visit
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3.5 stars
Laithwaites Wine Club

LAITHWAITES WINE CLUB

Laithwaites Wine Club is a UK based company that provides members a case of wine each quarter. Tony Laithwaites, long term wine expert, chooses wines from California, Italy, Spain and beyond. We found this club lacks the options and customization that many wine club shoppers are looking for. The website was also not forthcoming of the quarterly pricing and may confuse shoppers.
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3.5 stars
Winecrasher

WINECRASHER

Winecrasher delivers high quality wine from around the world to your doorstep monthly. And they use a proven business model to ensure you receive the lowest price in the market. But their shipping costs still have room for improvement to be competitive with the higher ranked wine clubs. However, if you live in California, or are patient enough to wait for a shipping special, you can save money at Winecrasher on quality wine.
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3.5 stars
Clubs Of America

CLUBS OF AMERICA

Clubs of America are the king of membership clubs. Along with wine, you can also purchase cigar clubs, beer clubs, coffee clubs, chocolate clubs, and more. While they may not be wine experts, they are reliable.
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2.5 stars
Uncorked Ventures

UNCORKED VENTURES

Uncorked Ventures Wine Club is a small and relatively new online wine club opened by West Coast native Mark Aselstine and his brother-in-law Matt in 2010. Inspired by French Wine enthusiast Kermit Lynch, who brought lesser known regional wines from France to America, Mark and Matt started Uncorked Ventures to do the same for wines from the West Coast.
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2.5 stars
Virgin Wine Club

VIRGIN WINE CLUB

In the US the Virgin name means records and mobile phones. We felt many customers wouldn't see the significance of Virgin Wines and quality, great tasting bottles of delicious wines. The website lacked forthcoming information on how the wine is selected and quarterly pricing. Many wine club members will prefer a wine club with greater flexibility and club options.
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2.5 stars
WSJ Wine Club

WSJ WINE CLUB

We realize that millions of people trust and love the Wall Street Journal but we aren't sure know how that transfers to great tasting wine. The presence of Tony Laithwaite wine expertise helps but the low overall cost of these wines was a bit concerning. We would have also liked to see more wine club options such as smaller quantities, more regular deliveries and region specific offerings. Read More... Visit
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One reason wine club memberships have become so popular is they are truly a gift that keeps on giving. For wine lovers, especially those hard to buy for, you can't go wrong with giving a wine club membership. Thankfully, wine clubs come in a variety of durations and frequencies to meet your budget needs.

However, not all wine clubs are alike and it's important to understand the policies before you sign up. Featured aspects of a wine club membership you should be aware of include:

  • Wine Origination. Where is the wine produced? If you prefer California wines but the club only offers international wines, that club won't be the best fit.
  • Duration. What is the wine club membership length? Can it vary to suit your needs?
  • Cost. What can you expect to pay for the wine club membership?
  • Frequency. How frequently will the wine arrive and can you select monthly, every other month, or quarterly as needed?
  • Wine Choices. If you love white wine and the club only sends reds you aren't going to be happy. Make sure you understand what wines can and will be sent.
  • Membership Minimums. Are you required to stay in the wine club for a period of time, or can you cancel at your discretion?
  • Shipping Charges. Shipping costs can be significant. Knowing what additional charges may exist are important.

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Wine Clubs available today. We hope this information helps you fine the best wine club membership to meet your needs!

How Wine Clubs Work

Wine clubs are great ways to learn about wines as well as discover your favorite new flavors. If you have years of wine experience under your belt or are brand new to wine tasting, wine clubs create an efficient way to discover and learn more about wine. From the convenience of your home you'll enjoy receiving your regular deliveries to taste and enjoy month after month.

If you've never purchased a wine club membership the idea is a little foreign to most. Each wine club is different but here's how the majority work.

Regular Deliveries
Depending on what you sign-up for, and the options available at your wine club, you can anticipate one to two bottles (or more) of wines delivered direct to your door on a regular basis. Many wine clubs offer a lot of flexibility in the number of deliveries you can choose from. Again, depending on the where you establish your wine club membership, you may select monthly, every other month, quarterly, or semiannual wine deliveries. The more frequent your wine deliveries the higher the cost.

Wine Flavors
If you prefer white or red wine you'll want to read closely the options available at the club you ultimately select. Most companies don't give you a choice of what wines you'll receive each order but some allow you to choose what color. We liked the wine clubs that offer a bottle of each every delivery but for those that only drink red wine or white wine you'll be more limited in the options available. Be sure and look closely and find a club that best suits your needs.

Wineries
One of the benefits of discovering new wines, through a wine club, is trying a number of different flavors from wines manufactured in locations you wouldn't typically try. If you're very flexible about what region of the world your wine originates from then any wine club will probably due. For those that prefer international wines or wines only made in California there are also plenty of clubs to choose from that will specifically meet your needs - you just may have to look a little harder.

Repurchase
If you really like a wine that shows up at your doorstep and want more, many wine clubs have the flexibility to allow for you to buy additional bottles, outside of your membership deliveries, often at a discounted price. This is a popular reason why wine enthusiasts get into wine clubs - to discover new wines they love and have the option of buying more to share with their friends.

 

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This is a membership-only wine buying club with all the trappings the category implies: access to non-distributed wines, member-only pricing, online connection with winemakers, VIP bonus offers, concierge support for members who visit wine country ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:54:00 GMT



Gaw Van Male adds Napa wine law partner; other North Bay professionals news

He was promoted to the direct to consumer manager position in 2011 helping to grow Donati's two wine clubs, Paesano Wine Club and the newest one, the Family Reserve Wine Club. Fran Leach has joined the Rutherford Ranch Winery team in the role of ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:11:00 GMT



Upcoming Houston wine events

Vast Varietal Tasting: Vine Wine Room, 12420 Memorial. 3 p.m. Saturday. $69 plus tax and gratuity. ($59 for Wine Club members). 713-463-8463. Basque cider and wine dinner: Uchi, 904 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. Monday. $145 plus tax and gratuity. 713-492-4564.

Published:  Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:28:00 GMT



Best Bets: Community theater, wine festival, ceramics class, comedy show

For more information call the theater at 419-332-0695 or go to fremontcommunitytheatre.org. The Port Clinton Rotary Club will hold its 6th Annual Winter Wine Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Mon Ami Restaurant. (Photo: Jeffrey Lowman/The ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:17:00 GMT



How a City trader raised £8 million to open the world's first private members' wine club with 26,000 bottles in a Fort Knox-style cellar

Grant Ashton is CEO and founder of 67 Pall Mall, which claims to be the world's first private members' club for wine lovers. Previously a city trader for 30 years, Ashton opened the club after he managed to collect too much wine. He raised £8 million from ...

Published:  Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:37:00 GMT



Crow Vineyard to host Winter Wine Seminar Series

The cost for admission for the first three sessions is $25 per person, $20 for Wine Club members. The final session will be $30 per person, $25 for Wine Club members. Each session will offer participants a chance to learn about the world of wine from ...

Published:  Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:51:00 GMT



Uncorked: Winemaker looking to change old wine world

His latest venture, Clarice Wine Company, will be a wine education site, a wine community and a wine club. Clarice's website will have a Family Members only section. Lee will draw on his extensive contacts in the wine business to feature stories and ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:32:00 GMT



14th Street's Barcelona Wine Bar Appoints Second Head Chef in Less Than a Year

The Penthouse Pool Clubs are scheduled to open for the season on Friday, April 28. 4) RESTON-Kevin Ettenson IN as executive chef at Red's Table. An alum of Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar, Arcuri, and Mad Fox Brewing Company, Ettenson replaces opening ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:07:26 GMT



Shakespeare Uncorked toasts fine wine and food

It'll be a night full of wine, food and excitement. Best of all, profits from the event benefit the Company and their mission to make Shakespeare accessible. The event will be taking place at the Governors Club on Saturday, Jan. 27. Tickets start at $125 ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:00:00 GMT



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